TALLINN -- A new book by a Russian historian claims Estonia's recollection of the 1941 forced deportations to Siberia is too harsh. In The Myth About Genocide, revisionist historian Alexander Dyukov paints a picture of Soviet repressions as little worse than a family picnic, Eesti Ekspess reports.
Dyukov admits that certain repressions did take place but
says the way they are depicted in
"If Baltic nationalists had not cooperated with German special services and had not prepared for acts of diversion, there would have been no need for deportation. It was the activity of nationalists and of Nazi agents that provoked the deportations - and Estonian historians prefer to keep silent about it," the historian writes.
Eesti Ekspress points out that at the time of the first
deportations, the war with
In Dyukov's interpretation the 1941 deportation did not greatly
differ from a family outing to the countryside, albeit in somewhat cramped
The author writes of how, according to NKVD security police instructions, doctors and army surgical assistants took care of the health of those being forcibly transported. According to Dyukov, it was prohibited to accommodate more than 30 persons per rail truck. He also claims that the deportees were well fed.
The 1941 deportations in
Around 3,500 adult men were separated from their families
and sent to labor camps. By 1942 only about 200 of them were still alive. Around
half the 6,500 women and children died of cold, starvation and overwork in